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covestro

evse

Electrical vehicle 
charging in cities
 
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Individual

Project

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3

weeks

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Spring

2020

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Umeå Institute

of Design

intro
How to implement more electric vehicle chargers in city environments for people living in apartments!

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tools & methods

RESEARCH

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

VISUALISATION (RHINO, KEYSHOT PHOTOSHOP, ILLUSTRATOR)

collaboration with 

background 

This project was in collaboration with Covestro, a company that specializes in different types of plastic and technology. We were asked to look into charging stations for electrical vehicles. The challenge was to design EV chargers for city environments and people living in apartments. Most people owning an EV prefers charging it overnight for it to be ready the next day, this is easy if you live in a villa and can install your own charger, but harder in the city where there are few charging spots. The infrastructure also makes it harder to install as many chargers as might be needed.

outcome

The EV charger developed for this project utilizes already existing electricity sources, in the shape of light poles, which enable more chargers to be installed in the city without having to change the infrastructure too much.

What if we could use already existing electricity sources in cities to install EV chargers to increase the amount where people actually live?

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02/03

concept development

Moodboard

- Covestro as a brand

Ideation through sketching

Prototyping to test out the proportions

 

03/03

Covestro EV charger

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Interface

- how to use the charger

Product details

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Covestro EVSE - utilizing already existing electricity sources in cities

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